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Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary, Chocolate and Wine Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 (2-pound) beef tenderloin roast

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped shallots

1 small carrot, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)

2 cups dry red wine

2 cups low-sodium beef broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 bay leaf

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa powder

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Season the meat with the salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat until good and hot, then add the meat and sear until well browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Transfer the meat to a rack set on a baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 30 minutes, or to your desired degree of doneness. Remove it from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest until the sauce is nearly done before slicing.
  4. While the meat cooks, make the sauce. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, carrot and celery and cook, stirring a few times, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the wine and broth and stir in the tomato paste. Add the bay leaf and thyme and bring to a boil. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 40 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a small saucepan. Stir in the cocoa and rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Serve on the side with the sliced tenderloin.
  5. Serving size 3 slices of meat and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sauce